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Once On This Island (NYC)

From 1,353 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful

About the show

The joyous musical returns to Broadway with its story of a fearless young dreamer in post-storm Haiti. Winner of the 2018 Tony award for Best Revival of a Musical. More…

Set in a fantastical world bursting with Caribbean rhythms and dance 'Once On This Island' tells the extraordinary story of a villager named Ti Moune. After a massive storm rages through her village, a ray of hope appears through a young man from the wealthy side of the island. An unexpected romance blossoms. But when their different cultures threaten to keep them apart, Ti Moune—guided by the island gods—sets out on a journey to stay beside the man who has captured her heart. Directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden ("Spring Awakening" revival) and written by the Tony Award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty ("Anastasia," "Ragtime.")

1h 30m | Already closed | Circle in the Square (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1353)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful
88
Avg Score

87
Delightful, Great staging, Enchanting, Great storytelling, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy simple storytelling done with great charm and style in an immersive atmosphere. Starts slow but builds to a beautiful full ending.

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional show. This happens all around you and draws you into the life on the island (without being obtrusive).

80
Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if A show with very good singing, great staging and lighting.

Don't see it if If you do not like big staged musicals.

95
Magical, Great staging, Absorbing, Must see, Beautiful

See it if you want to see really exciting, absorbing, theatrical storytelling that viscerally draws you in and takes you on a journey.

Don't see it if you have no space in your life for beauty or joy. Otherwise, GO!

89
Clever, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you like Caribbean infused music, folklore inspired stories, amazing non-stop dancing, clever costumes, tremendous voices, sweet story

Don't see it if a festive musical set on a tropical island is not for you, don't like one act musicals, Caribbean music,loud singing, constant movement

78
Don't understand all the fuss - this is "disneyfied" musical, w high production values, simplistic message

See it if thoroughly entertaining: rousing Caribbean dancing & singing, inventive & charming beach set

Don't see it if predictable & simplistic fable showing prejudice upper class vs peasants; forgettable music, bland lyrics; not 4 adults seeking complex art

76
Enchanting, Cliched, Disappointing, Romantic, Great singing

See it if you like fairy tales or stories about star-crossed lovers. This show has lots of whimsy and does a great job of immersing the audience.

Don't see it if you’re looking for something original m and invests more time in story development. (This is clichéd and too short.)

Also At only 90 minutes, there was plenty of room to explore the story and ... Read more Read less

89
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a well-staged use of theatre space with a charming story and good singing that lets you escape for 90 minutes.

Don't see it if you are bothered by musical tales that are not all based in reality.

88
Clever, Enchanting, Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You’d like a lighthearted, enchanting show with a big heart and a beautiful score sung by an outstanding cast.

Don't see it if You’re not really into family-friendly, tall-tale shows.

90
Romantic, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if About young love, boy meet girl, girl goes crazy for boy and boy leave girl. The dancing and sing is excellent.

Don't see it if you hate musical and dancing.

Also The stage is in the round you can see great in any seat. No intermissi... Read more Read less

100
Revivals do not get much better than this!, Delightful, Enchanting, Ensemble work of the highest order, Great staging

See it if you want to see a revival that is so much better than the original production (which wasn't bad at all). Great cast! Great staging!

Don't see it if you do not want to be entertained or moved. This is probably the best show on Broadway!

80
Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Wonderful ensemble, Winsome

See it if you enjoy mythical stories, musicals performed with energy and heart, a terrific ensemble and band, good choreography and costumes.

Don't see it if you are looking for a complex play with deep meaning. I enjoyed the play but expected more from the story. Most of the audience loved it.

86
Enchanting, Amazing set with live animals, Caribbean influenced songs and dance

See it if You’d like to experience the magic of an immersive and vivacious musical about the poor and the rich on an island recovering from a storm.

Don't see it if You need an intermission in a 100 minute show. You don’t like watching the inevitable end of a doomed romance.

80
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if you like big musicals with a stellar cast and great staging. You like island elements and stories involving ancient gods.

Don't see it if you’re not interested in a cliched story about unrequited love or prefer a story that has more depth. The moral of story seems forced.

97
Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you love intimate musical theater, great songs, fantastic performers, a sweet fable about life, love and sacrifice, and real goats onstage!

Don't see it if you're overly sensitive to fables that incorporate age old truisms about skin color & class divisions or you're too attached to the original

Also The original production has stayed with me all these years - I carried... Read more Read less

85
Terrific revival and very imaginative

See it if You like a good musical with really good music.

Don't see it if You only like comedies or drama.

78
Clever, Cliched, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love this show.I have just never enjoyed it.The performances were terrific;direction & design were all top notch.Music is fine.Dull book

Don't see it if you expect to be moved or inspired. All the elements are here for a terrific show, but the book is very weak.

59
Cliched, Indulgent, Problematic, Uncritical

See it if you want to see what all the fuss is about and come to your own conclusions

Don't see it if you’re going to notice and be a wet blanket about the representation problems in the show

Also Undeniable talent, but the conservatism at the core of OOTI makes my h... Read more Read less

25
Uh, god's save black girl's life, She seeks purpose for this gift, Purpose? save light skinned young man, By sacrificing herself, He rejects her for light skinned wife, she dies, yuck

See it if You can stomach the book. You are unaware of the color caste system among people of color. Interesting staging, costumes BUT see below.

Don't see it if You are not interested in an Afro Caribbean tale filtered through privileged white Americans. You dont want to be appalled.

Also I have no idea if I would have been able to overlook how cringeworthy ... Read more Read less

78
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Dated

See it if you like fantastic singing, staging and dancing.

Don't see it if you are tired of stories praising women who sacrifice their lives for "true love" with a man whom their barely know and who doesn't care.

83
Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining, Enveloping

See it if You like being transported to a foreign land, or you like caribbean music, or you enjoy romantic stories invokving the clash of classes.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy environments which envelope you or would not like a somewhat magical story of romance and class clashes.

80
Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Refreshing, Sweet

See it if you enjoy a romp on a fictitious Caribbean Island with great singing exuberant cast colorful costumes and fun staging. A love story

Don't see it if you do not enjoy the "war between the haves and have nots" The silly Romeo and Juliet like story

85
Enchanting, Gorgeous set, Refreshing

See it if GO FOR THE SET. Step out of the cold NYC winter and visit the island conjured up at the Circle. The cast is overall pretty excellent.

Don't see it if you need a show with large dance numbers. The production feels large in scale, but also incredibly intimate.

84
Atmospheric, Great staging, Great singing, Rhythmic score, Problematic story

See it if you want a unique experience that showcases a different culture with it's beliefs, music, dancing & superstitions, imaginatively staged.

Don't see it if you have problems with stories about social class inequality, racism & subjugation of women.

Also Circle in the square was the perfect venue for this show. The staging ... Read more Read less

93
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Clever, Enchanting

See it if want an uplifting experience with touching moments, unusual but fun staging, fable set in the Caribbean, great singing and dancing

Don't see it if don't like theater in the round

Also So sorry that I didn't see this earlier - I might have gone back a sec... Read more Read less

85
Great staging, Clever, Enchanting, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you want to be transported, which happens the moment you enter the theater. The cast is stellar, and their energy infectious.

Don't see it if you prefer realism and dislike fairy tale/fable stories.


December 3rd, 2017
"A ravishing revival...A pastiche Caribbean score whose words are restrained and delicately rhymed but whose music is relentlessly grabby and emotional...Arden has aced every theatrical trick he’s torn from the ancient handbook, freshening the show, and the tricks, in the process...The hallmark i...
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December 3rd, 2017
"After seeing the imaginative and dynamic 'Once on This Island,' you may feel that once is not enough...'Once on This Island' is patchy in parts. Its best-known songs bring down the house, but there are also languors. And the central story of female sacrifice and degradation is treated as more in...
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December 12th, 2017
“A vivid, celebratory revival...If only the story itself were a better one...While the score has some standout numbers, it feels largely generic...Arden’s production, though, is striking proof that a play, or a musical, can be more than the sum of its parts. Working with an inspired design team, ...
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December 3rd, 2017
"A joyful hymn to community and resilience...Together with his resourceful design team and cast of expressive, vocally gifted performers, Arden has approached the piece with the nurturing hand it requires—striking a balance between child-like story theater and folkloric ritual...Demonstrates an i...
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